Master of Teaching (Secondary)

University of Newcastle


A good teacher can have a profound effect on a young person's outlook on education, their career aspirations and life generally. If you have a real commitment to helping young people get the most out of their education, a passion for learning, and a rapport with people, then you will find teaching a truly rewarding professional career where you can make a difference.

This newly developed Master of Teaching (Secondary) program offers an innovative, flexible delivery model of university study in trimester mode. If undertaking the degree in the recommended full-time pathway, students will finish within 16 months. Students also have the flexible option to complete the program on a part-time basis. Students can qualify in more than one secondary teaching area, significantly improving employment prospects.

Graduates of this program will be able to seek employment as 7–12 (Secondary) teachers in and beyond the NSW Government, Catholic and independent school sectors. The program aims to develop graduates who are inspirational teachers with the capability to act professionally; insightful scholars with the capability to engage in enquiry into curriculum, policy and practice; and innovative leaders.

This degree requires students to participate in placements in NSW Department of Education or other NSW schools or services. During placement, students will be subject to the policies and procedures of the placement facility. Students must meet all the Education Placement Requirements, including a NSW Working with Children clearance.

The Master of Teaching (Secondary) program has been submitted for accreditation with the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA).

Admission criteria

For secondary teaching (where teachers specialise in certain subject areas) undergraduate studies should match the subject(s) in which you wish to teach. For example, if you wish to become a high school English teacher, you must have studied English during your undergraduate studies.

These undergraduate studies are required in addition to a teaching qualification which includes Years 7–12 teaching methodology and professional experience in the subject/area(s). Entry to the M Teaching (Secondary) will be restricted to applicants who meet the requirements for the area of specialisation they wish to qualify in. All applicants must have at least a first teaching area, and are strongly encouraged to choose at least a second teaching area to help improve their future employability.

The following teaching areas do not allow for a second teaching area:

The following second teaching areas are only available to students undertaking a first teaching area in Ancient History, Business Studies, Geography or Modern History:

All additional material must be submitted directly to the University of Newcastle as specified in the University of Newcastle's general information, or as otherwise stated in the admission criteria above.

Contact UON if you have any queries regarding the admission criteria listed.

Fees and charges

^ Indicative fees: Students enrolled in a number of programs have some flexibility in choosing courses outside their discipline area. Program costs are calculated on the assumption of typical courses taken for a full-time load of 40 units per teaching period (semester or trimester). Actual charges will be calculated based on courses selected and the workload undertaken.

Australian Government financial assistance

University of Newcastle scholarships and financial assistance

Equity Scholarships through UAC

Faculty of Education and Arts

Visit the Faculty of Education and Arts website
Call 1300 ASK UON (1300 275 866) or (02) 4921 5000
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Further information

Read the full course details on the University of Newcastle website.

Visit the University of Newcastle website
Call the Enquiry Centre on 1300 ASK UON (1300 275 866) or (02) 4921 5000
Email via ASK UON